QinetiQ Australia wins AUS12.9 million award to develop laser defence system

Australia’s Defence Department has awarded an AUD12.9 million contract to QinetiQ Australia to co-develop and manufacture a high energy defensive laser system prototype capable of deployment in a wide range of operational environments.

According to the defence department:

“QinetiQ, an Australian-based world leader in high-power laser research and technology, will work in collaboration with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) to establish a high energy laser manufacturing capability in South Australia. The high energy laser manufacturing capability will enable the development and delivery of laser sources suitable for directed energy applications.

Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Tanya Monro AC, said: “DSTG is partnering with industry to build advanced and competitive Australian sovereign capabilities for our Defence Force in critical technology areas,” Professor Monro said. “The high energy laser manufacturing capability is an example of how we can work with industry to support emerging and disruptive technologies.”

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